DOE Science Showcase - Microfluidics

Microfluidic E probe

"Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Microfluidic E probe ,"  
Image Credit: PNNL.

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Microfluidics is a multidisciplinary technology that deals with the science of building microminiaturized devices with channels for the containment and flow of fluids. At least one or more of these channels will have a dimension less than 1 mm. Compact, simple, and inexpensive microfluidic devices and platforms are offering new opportunities for DOE researchers to gain fresh insights to complex scientific challenges in the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, genomics, biochemistry, biofuels, nanotechnology, biotechnology, medical diagnostics, and homeland security.

Visit the links below to learn more about DOE’s microfluidics technology research.


DOE Microfluidics Research Information in DOE Databases

  • DOE PAGESBeta –  journal articles and accepted manuscripts resulting from DOE funding.
  • SciTech Connect – reports from DOE science, technology and engineering programs. 
  • – search results from U.S. federal science agencies. 


 For additional information, see the OSTI Catalogue of Collections.


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Related Links of Interest


U.S. DOE Office of Science


Microfluidic Probe Allows Real-Time Imaging of Electrode-Liquid Electrolyte Interface, PNNL


Prototype electrolyte sensor provides immediate read-outs, SNL


SpinDx™: Point-of-Care Diagnostics Using Centrifugal Microfluidics, YouTube Video, SNL


PNNL employs microfluidics system to investigate sequestering carbon dioxide, PNNL


Producing Hyperpolarized Xenon Gas on a Microfluidic Chip, LBL

Module with microfluidic channels

"Module with microfluidic channels"  
Image Credit:  U.S. Department of Energy (image number 507 002 003)


Advancing the Use of Microfluidic Models for Studying Microbial Communities: Integration of Microfluidic Model Experimentation, Multimodal Imaging, and Modeling, PNNL


Microfluidic Assays, Joint Bioenergy Institute


Lab-on-a-chip, Wikipedia


Digital microfluidics, Wikipedia


Microfluidics: Wikis, The Full Wiki 


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